Frontman with veteran Sydney rockers Faker, Nathan Hudson, has alleged that he was beaten up after a gig in Launceston, Tasmania, and that the attack was homophobic in nature.
Hudson posted on his Twitter account yesterday (Sunday), “My recollection of last night is that I got beat up by the manager of Hotel New York, Launceston. It felt homophobic and it felt backward.”
He added, “My last comment was authentic. I’m kind of sore (bruise on my left cheekbone) so I’m gonna be quiet while I try and figure out what happened.”
The venue, however, have stated that Hudson was too intoxicated to be allowed entry.
Hudson gave an interview with gay and lesbian publication Star Observer, in which he said, “We signed a tour poster for the venue and I made a reference about celebrating equal marriage rights in New York, given the hotel name, which the manager was visibly unimpressed about.
Hudson alleged he was later man-handled out of the venue and after a verbal exchange was “king hit”.
“It was plainly aggressive, but felt connected to a candidness about sexuality,” Hudson added.
The Hotel New York’s managing director James Harding said, “We were very shocked to hear this statement from Mr Hudson as his recollection of events is somewhat different to what happened and what is recorded on our surveillance. After Mr Hudson performed he disappeared from the venue for numerous hours and when he returned at 3.30am he showed signs of being extremely intoxicated. He was refused entry to the nightclub but told he could retire to his room on the premises.
“… After being picked up by car, Mr Hudson left again and when he returned at 5:50am he appeared to be even more intoxicated and insisted on being served even though the venue was closed. After getting into a verbal argument with the venue’s manager, they pushed each other and Nathan fell over. Nathan was then helped back up and assisted by other staff members to his room.”
Harding went on to state there was no mention of Hudson’s sexuality at any point. The case continues, so to speak.